Glory (Michael W. Smith album)

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Glory
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Studio album by Michael W. Smith
Released November 22, 2011 (2011-11-22)
Recorded AIR Studios
Genre Instrumental, CCM
Label Reunion
Producer Michael W. Smith, David Hamilton
Michael W. Smith chronology
Wonder
(2010)
Glory
(2011)
Decades of Worship
(2012)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Jesus Freak Hideout 4/5 stars[1]

Glory is an instrumental album by Christian recording artist Michael W. Smith. Released in November 2011, the album is Smith's second instrumental album since releasing Freedom in 2000.[2] The album was recorded with a 65-piece orchestra at AIR Studios Lyndhurst Hall in London and Wildwood Recording Studio in Nashville.[3] The music was arranged by Smith's longtime friend David Hamilton, and produced by Smith himself.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Glory Overture" (5:31)
  2. "Patriot" (2:54)
  3. "Heroes" (5:51)
  4. "Forever" (4:02)
  5. "The Blessing" (3:38)
  6. "Whitaker's Wonder" (3:06)
  7. "Joy Follows Suffering" (3:07)
  8. "Glory Battle" (4:22)
  9. "Atonement" (3:50)
  10. "Redemption" (5:35)
  11. "The Romance" (3:28)
  12. "The Tribute"/ "Agnus Dei" (6:51)[5][6]

Credits[edit]

Music
  • Michael W. Smith – composer, piano, additional programming
  • David Hamilton – conductor, orchestral arrangements, programming
  • The London Symphonica – orchestra
  • Jeff Bailey – piccolo trumpet, trumpet
  • Mark Baldwin – guitars
  • Mark Hammond – percussion programming
  • Sophie Harris – cello
  • Gabrielle Lester – concertmaster, violin
  • Paul Spong – contractor

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Michael W. Smith and David Hamilton
  • Executive Producers: Michael W. Smith, Chaz Corzine and Greg Ham
  • Ken Johnson – production manager
  • Ric Domenico – music preparation
  • David Shipps – music preparation
  • Orchestra recorded by Geoff Foster at AIR Studios (Lyndhurst Hall, London, England), assisted by Chris Barrett
  • Piano recorded by Brendan Harkin at Wildwood Recording (Nashville, TN), assisted by Taemin Daniel Choi
  • Editing by David Hamilton at Studiowave (Brentwood, TN)
  • Mixed by Rob Burrell at emotionmix studios
  • Mastered by Hank Williams at Master Mix (Nashville, TN)
  • Tim Parker – art direction, design
  • Russ Harrington – photography
  • Robin Geary – hair stylist, makeup

Reception[edit]

Dawno's Music and Book Reviews on New Release Tuesday described Glory as "worth repeated listens" and that the album is "contemplative, majestic, somber, romantic, joyful, and playful."[2] Lindsay Williams from watchgmctv.com wrote that Glory was "as sentimental as it is patriotic and boasts a collection of instrumental soundscapes that honor family, God and country."[7]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[8] 121
US Christian Albums (Billboard)[9] 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Glory". Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Glory Hallelujah". Retrieved December 3, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Glory". Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Michael W. Smith Announces New Album 'GLORY'!". Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Glory". Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Michael W Smith puts his own spin on instrumental music". Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  7. ^ Williams, Lindsey. "Michael W. Smith, Glory". Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Michael W. Smith – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Michael W. Smith. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  9. ^ "Michael W. Smith – Chart history" Billboard Christian Albums for Michael W. Smith. Retrieved April 7, 2015.